Imaikkaa Nodigal (2018)
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Directed By: Ajay Gurumuthu
Cast: Nayanthara, Anurag Kashyap, Atharvaa, Raashi Khanna
Imaikkaa Nodigal is a cat and mouse chase about a serial killer who brings back a forgotten legend and reopens a case shut years ago. Directed by newbie Ajay Gurumuthu, Imaikkaa Nodigal promises a lot but in the end is a big disappointment. A lot of movies have been made on serial killers in India like Ek Villain, Murder 2 and this one is right up their alley- a generic killer movie offering nothing new.
Bengaluru is rocked by the kidnapping and subsequent killing of a woman. The perpetrator is revealed to be Rudra (Anurag Kashyap), a notorious serial killer who was presumed to be dead some years ago. Anjali (Nayanthara) is a CBI officer who closed the case earlier and she is attached to it again. She has a hunch that the new Rudra is not the legend but an impostor recreating the killings. A major plot twist later confirms the hunch, exciting us for some time until the motive comes up which screws the plot again. Anjali’s brother Arjun (Atharvaa) is going through a setback in his relationship with his girlfriend Krithika (Raashi Khanna). Soon, Rudra involves Arjun in the game and from then on Imaikkaa Nodigal becomes a painful revenge saga.
Imaikkaa Nodigal has bits of good intentions/potentials in an otherwise dud offering. Tamil industry is now on a different path with movies banking on female leads. Aramm, Magalir Mattum have already established an acceptance in an industry dominated by male superstars. Imaikkaa Nodigal is good when it’s Anjali vs Rudra and both matched the intensity. The movie falters when Arjun gets involved and takes away all its potential. His love story with Krithika is an irritating subplot which could have been completely avoided. I seriously don’t understand how it contributes to the story.
Post intermission, there is a big reveal which elevates the movie a notch. Suddenly Imaikkaa Nodigal becomes noir with both Anjali and Rudra having shades of grey and audience having a moral dilemma in who to root for. But the director introduces another backstory to make the decision for the audience and shoots down the revenge angle. Also, it reduces Rudra to just a psychopath- so by the time movie is over I couldn’t find any substantial reason for the killing and thus, the movie to take place. There are too many backstories and explanations for my liking. I believe the backstory involving Vijay Sethupathi could also have been avoided.
I liked Anurag Kashyap’s acting- he looks menacing in his Rudra avatar. With flawless lip syncing he looks a seasoned actor. He should do more such roles- he makes for a convincing villain. Nayanthara has been doing a good job and she is taking the Kangana Ranaut route in Tollywood by going solo. First Aramm now Imaikkaa Nodigal, she has the power to carry an entire movie on her shoulders. Vijay Sethupathi is brilliant as usual and ironically his cameo brings a much needed refreshing break. Nayanthara and Vijay are electric and they carry chemistry from Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. I want to see more movies with these two in the lead.
Imaikkaa Nodigal had great potential but the director has screwed up the execution. Music by Hip Hop Tamizha also didn’t help. You can watch this for Nayanthara and Anurag Kashyap but if you are not a big fan, then avoid.
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